New Music: Black Market Karma - Stepping Loose

Black Market Karma release new single and video ‘Stepping Loose’, the third to be lifted from their incoming ‘Wobble’ LP out July 26th on Fuzz Club.

Black Market Karma are today releasing new single and video ‘Stepping Loose’, the third to be lifted from their incoming ‘Wobble’ LP out July 26th on Fuzz Club. Pooling influences from 60s pop and psychedelia, crunchy break-beats and lo-fi electronica, ‘Wobble’ is a twelve-track collection of “cassette-ified” lo-fi psych and new cut ‘Stepping Loose’ is an instrumental number that closes out the record in cinematic trip-hop fashion. Pre-order your copy of 'Wobble' on limited edition coloured vinyl here


On the new single, which follows the recent ‘Puddle Eyed Sponger’ and ‘Oozer’, Stanley Belton says: “This one is like a crossover of early hip hop drums with 1960’s movie soundtracks. Think Serge Gainsbourg or Ennio Morricone. I wanted it to have that feeling of someone keeping their composure under pressure. Calm and collected. Always moving forwards. The beat is a combination of live drums, looped and then paired with some classic 808 kick and snare samples. Layered on top are these glassy and “cassette-ified” glocken chords and Morricone-esque guitar lines. Underpinning it all are dual basses, one with a more conventional deep sound and another running through a guitar amp and tape modulation to create a bursting low end drive.” 

Hailing from London and now residing on the South Coast, BMK’s prolific output is fuelled by Belton, who writes, performs, records, produces and up until now self-released everything from his own live-in ‘Cocoon’ studio. The album’s title is a reference to tape wobble / wow and flutter, subtle fluctuations in pitch characteristic of analogue recording equipment. Where once seen as a limitation by older generations, for others they evoke a welcome sense of nostalgia and that’s what Belton sought to excavate here: “Sonically, I wanted the album to feel like a collection of discarded and worse for wear instruments came to life, refurbished themselves and started to play.”

‘Wobble’ arrives off the back of 2022’s ‘Aped Flair and Hijacked Ideas’ album and the 2023 collaborative album ‘Friends In Noise’, which saw Belton team up with Tess Parks, The Underground Youth, Les Big Byrd’s Joakim Ahlund and The Confederate Dead. In 2023 Black Market Karma also released ‘The Sour Truth’, a collaborative single with Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3 co-founder Pete Kember), and toured heavily around Europe. In January of that year, they went out on a European run with The Black Angels, invited by the Texan psych-rock heavyweights themselves, followed by a November headline tour of their own. 

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